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April Fools’: GOP opponent Chmelik chides Lt. Gov. Little in fundraising letter

Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik begins a new fundraising letter with a report of the “stunning turn of events” that Lt. Gov. Brad Little phoned President Obama “to tell him he has decided to change his tune and will now,

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Fulcher’s state campaign HQs grand opening Saturday, statewide stops next week

Supporters of Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher’s gubernatorial campaign will gather to build signs and make phone calls from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Fulcher, a Meridian Republican challenging two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter in the May 20 primary,

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Fulcher reprises ‘out of touch’ theme in op-ed blast v. Otter

Since October, Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher has been saying Gov. Butch Otter has lost touch with Idahoans after a political career that began in 1972. Fulcher seeks to deny Otter a third term as governor in the May

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Fulcher releases another video knocking Otter on state exchange

Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher continues to focus on Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to create a state-based health insurance exchange rather that defer to a federal exchange. In an online video released Tuesday morning, Fulcher repeats a clip from

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Top lobbyists organized campaign school for 50 Idaho GOP incumbents

Eight of Idaho’s savviest Republican campaign hands advised incumbent lawmakers how to survive what Idaho GOP Chairman Barry Peterson has predicted will be the hottest primary election of his lifetime. The “Republican Incumbents Campaign School” drew about 50 of the

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Otter will welcome Fulcher as part of GOP leadership team

Despite a challenge in the GOP primary from Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, Gov. Butch Otter said Friday that he won’t keep Fulcher from meetings in the governor’s office with legislative leadership. Otter’s office declined comment Thursday as Fulcher

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McGrane vows to follow model of Cenarrusa, Ysursa if elected Idaho secretary of state

Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says he aims to follow the example of the last two Idaho secretaries of state, Republicans Pete Cenarrusa and Ben Ysursa. Both men are renowned for non-partisan conduct of elections and administration of

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No joke for Otter: ‘Gettin’ me re-elected’ is Idaho’s greatest challenge of 2014

Gov. Butch Otter isn’t trying to hide the underlying reason he will put off action on raising transportation funding and likely delay debate on expanding Medicaid to 100,000 Idahoans. It’s about making sure he defeats a challenge from his right

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Fulcher: Otter propping up Obamacare, not fighting for repeal

Sen. Russ Fulcher is blasting Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s statement Tuesday, which urged insurance companies to consider reinstating coverage for individuals and small businesses whose policies will be terminated January 1 for failing to meet standards under the Affordable Care

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Issues in Fulcher-Otter race set up prospect of Idaho tea party ticket

Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher completed his listening tour last week, but began this week in campaign mode on the tea party circuit. Though Fulcher, R-Meridian, hasn’t yet said whether his exploratory effort will turn into the real thing

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